Medford, MA—The men's track and field team had another successful meet today as the season edges closer to the Division III New England Championship in two weeks. Although a nonscoring meet, the Ephs faced fierce regional competition in addition to the more distant powerhouse Haverford College.
The day started with the 60 meter hurdle prelims. Fresh off successful heptathlons the previous week, Dan Renwick '21 and co-captain Tommy Riley '18 each ran well in their prelims, qualifying for the finals later in the day. They would finish 4th and 6th in the finals in times of 8.60 and 8.93, respectively. Riley returned to compete in the pole vault, where he finished 11th, clearing the bar at 3.65m. Pierceson Brown '18 finished 3rd in the event, clearing the same height as the winner, 4.40m. In the high jump, James Dunivan '19 finished 7th, clearing the bar at 1.83m.
In the next event, the 5000, co-captain Ben Decker '18 ran a smart, measured race, moving up well to run a 14:57.34, setting himself up well to perform well at Division III New Englands. In the 400, co-captain Tobias Muellers '18 finished 4th with a smooth 50.43. He returned in the 200 later in the day, running a 22.97 to finish 7th.
In the 800, Tristan Colaizzi '20 and Kevin LaFleche '20 each ran fast races. Colaizzi made the most of the fast heat of the 800, getting out hard amidst some of the nation's top runners, coming back with a hard-earned 1:55.67. LaFleche, in the second heat, took a different tack, running a conservative first 600 meters before hammering the last 200 to win his heat in 1:55.83. The two finished 4th and 5th for their efforts. In the 1000, Peter Kirgis '20 and co-captain Alex Cowen '18 each made bids for the win, finishing in 2nd and 4th in times of 2:32.50 and 2:33.78. Jackson Ennis '20 ran a measured race himself, qualifying for Division III New Englands with a 2:36.36, finishing in 7th overall.
In the 3000, Liam Simpson '18 ran a brave race, closing strong to finish in 8:39.34 for 6th overall. His result should be fast enough to place him in the fast heat at Division III New Englands. In the second heat, Jacob Kahrs '19, Kenneth Marshall '20, Sam Wischnewsky '20, and Sam Gilman '21 all had fantastic races, working well together throughout to finish 2-5 in their heat and 12-15 overall. Their respective times were 8:48.23, 8:48.47, 8:48.63, and 8:49.73. All were well under the Division III New England qualifying time of 8:55.
The Ephs performed well in the 4x400 relay. A team of Muellers, Riley, Renwick, and Colaizzi ran neck-and-neck with the leaders, finishing 3rd in 3:22.81.
Perhaps the best Eph performances today came in the throws. Magnus Herweyer '20 threw a season best 15.31m, winning the shot put competition by more than 1.5m. But Liam Pembroke '18, Mykel Miller '20, and Lloyd Campbell '18 performed well too, finishing 3rd, 4th, and 7th with marks of 13.73m, 13.68m, and 13.10m.
Head Coach Ethan Barron found a lot to be happy with with the day's performances. Said Barron, "I think we started to find ourselves today. We allowed ourselves to compete and saw some great performances as a result. We will have to weather a couple injuries after this weekend, but that's why we have teammates. We pick each other up, we stand shoulder to shoulder and have each other's backs."
Looking ahead to Division III New Englands, Barron was optimistic. "There won't be 1 team at a championship meet that is at full strength," said Barron. "As a group, you make yourself as strong as you can and you go to work. I'm proud of everyone who chose to throw down and compete today. We'll go back to work, retool, and come back stronger."
The Ephs will return to competition next Saturday at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, hosted by Boston University.